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Emerson's ProtégésMentoring and Marketing Transcendentalism's Future$
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David Dowling

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780300197440

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: January 2015

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300197440.001.0001

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Emerson's Hero: Mentoring Margaret Fuller

Emerson's Hero: Mentoring Margaret Fuller

(p.33) 1 Emerson's Hero: Mentoring Margaret Fuller
Emerson's Protégés

David Dowling

Yale University Press

This chapter focuses on Ralph Waldo Emerson's mentorship of Margaret Fuller and how it has affected the latter's journalism career. Compared to Emerson's two other protégés, Ellery Channing and Henry David Thoreau, Fuller had unqualified success in New York City's literary market during the antebellum period. This chapter examines how Fuller's apprenticeship under Emerson has contributed—if at all—to her success, or whether her socially engaged reform writing and support of the Italian revolution was a form of rebellion against him. It also considers whether Fuller finally emerged as a powerful voice in American literature and journalism despite—rather than because of—Emerson's influence. To appreciate better Fuller's work with Emerson, particularly on his journal the Dial, the chapter discusses the historical condition of newspaper writing and publishing during the antebellum.

Keywords:   journalism, Ralph Waldo Emerson, mentorship, Margaret Fuller, New York City, literary market, apprenticeship, American literature, Dial, publishing

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